September 26th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Life for Kent Hoffman changed drastically on July 23 at 6 p.m. After working hard at the farm all day in temperatures that exceeded 90 degrees, Hoffman came home to take a break. He was going to clean the pool and then lay out on the sun deck and take a nap. For some as yet unknown reason, he fell through the railing hitting his head and landing on his back. Hoffman knew immediately that he had broken his neck. He lay there unable to move for six hours.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Despite strong rain showers and even instances of hail in the afternoon that sent many local citizens taking cover in their cars, city officials said the fireworks which took place later Saturday night at the Fall Festival went smoothly.
â€śAfter about 3:30 p.m., when the sun and blue sky came out, it was really nice weather for fireworks out there,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Daniel complimented the volunteer fire department, who parked cars for the event, and the park staff.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two Columbia City Tree Board members were reappointed to the board at Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council meeting Tuesday.
â€śThere are two tree board members who are up for reappointment,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel to the council. â€śOne of them is Gloria Banker, the other is Ken Lundquist (tree board president).â€ť
The board approved the motion to reappoint both members.
In other business, the Salary Range Ordinance was passed.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ South Whitley has operated a food bank for more than 20 years. In that time, the need for the food bank has grown. According to Co-Director Tonya Warner, the numbers grow each week.
â€śWe feed about 80 to 100 people a month, but weâ€™ve been adding two to four new families each week,â€ť said Warner. â€śThe need is growing as the price of gas, electricity and other things continue to rise.â€ť
Warner, along with Mark and Michelle Pratt run the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank.
Opal Ilene Sitts, 73, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born on December 17, 1938, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Wayne and Irene Elizabeth (Salesman) Sitts. She was a lifetime resident of Columbia City.
Survivors include sister-in-law, Wanda Sitts of Columbia City and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Faye Wood and brothers, Franklin and George Sitts.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sue Kel-lems, 21, pleaded guilty Monday to charges relating to Augustâ€™s drug sting in Churubusco. She is ordered to appear for sentencing Oct. 22.
Kellems was arrested Aug. 23, along with Damond McCauley, 18, Brian Tracy, 37 and Trent Wilson, 23.
According to a Whitley County Drug Task Force case report, an officer was tipped off to a drug buy of several types of prescription drugs.
According to the report, the four Indianapolis residents met the buyer at a location in Churubusco, and they were paid $850.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Warsaw man, 36-year-old Trever Hanlon, was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to 12 years for charges relating to an out of control rolling methamphetamine lab near Larwill in April.
According to the plea agreement, the sentences imposed will be served concurrent with one another.
Hanlon pleaded guilty back in August to manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, possession of two or more â€śprecursors,â€ť or ingredients used to make the drug, a Class D felony and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Teenagers gathered together Sundayto learn how to make the most out of the one life they have to live. â€śYou Only Live Once...So Think Twice,â€ť was an initiative sponsored in part by the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Students and their parents were educated on sexting and the legalities and consequences when becoming involved in sexting. Chynna Presley, with Youth For Christ, gave the presentation. She warned teens that becoming involved in sexting not only sets them up for legal liability, but puts them in danger physically.
Dale A. Engle, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:18 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at his home. Born May 2, 1921, in Washington Township, he was the son of Haskel A. and Esther R. (Piper) Engle.
He attended Washington Grade School in Noble County for eight years and graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the class of 1941.
Dale spent his entire lifetime in Noble and Whitley Counties. His first marriage was to Norma Fowler-Schroeder on Sept. 24, 1950, and his second marriage was to Elizabeth J. Coon on March 10, 1984.